Originally Posted by bremen
i am not too worried about when the kid is in school, because our kids will either be homeschooled or go to waldorf school anyway.
FYI unfortunately homeschooling is illegal in Germany, if that's where you end up. But Waldorf schools are abundant and not expensive.
Anyway, my name is Rachel too and I live in Germany and many people mispronounce my name and it's so annoying! We also had to choose a name for our son that was easy to pronounce and the same in both languages. It was hard because more than half the names we liked were ruled out that way. I love the name Jasper, but not the German pronunciation of it, so we made it DS's middle name.
As for your names, I agree Mareike would be hard for Americans (but it's a great name!). And Americans will ALWAYS use the hard J in Jonas, so if you want the German pronunciation forget it...unless you won't mind constantly throughout your son's life having to correct people. In fact that may not even work. I have an American friend here who's son is Milo, which in German is Meeee-lo. She got so sick of always correcting everyone, she gave up and most people call him Meeee-lo now and she's used to it.